A man has been arrested in Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of conspiracy to murder as police investigate a double killing.
The 46-year-old was held yesterday (February 23) at a property in the city and will be questioned by detectives today.
A 42-year-old man was also detained at the same Stoke-on-Trent property on suspicion of assisting an offender. He has been released on police bail.
It comes after police were called to Brierley Hill, Dudley, after two men were killed during a cannabis factory robbery in the early hours of last Thursday (February 20).
Khuzaimah Douglas, aged 19, from Moseley in Birmingham, was pronounced dead at the scene and 26-year-old Waseem Ramzan, from Dudley, died later in hospital.
Both men suffered serious injuries and post mortem examinations are taking place to confirm the precise cause of death.
StokeonTrentLive has asked West Midlands Police for details of where the arrests were made in Stoke-on-Trent.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, West Midlands Police’s Homicide Unit, said: “Although this is a significant development in our investigation I am still appealing for witnesses or anyone who was in the Pensnett Road area in the early hours of Thursday morning to get in touch.
“People may have witnessed the disorder, individuals or vehicles leaving the scene, or seen something suspicious. We need them to get in touch as every piece of information, no matter how small, could be crucial.
“I’d also like to hear from any motorists who were in the area at the time and have dashcam footage as they also may have recorded something important.”
Khuzaimah was described as ‘a kind, considerate, extremely talented and humble young man who everyone had a connection with’ in a tribute from Tyseley kickboxing gym USKA Fight Factory.
Both men were stabbed during violence which broke out when seven men raided a house where cannabis was being grown and were confronted by people inside at around 3.30am.
Pensnett Road was cordoned off until Saturday as officers, forensic teams and collision investigators combed the area around Pensnett Road, Wilson Road and Hickman Road.
The windows of the house containing the cannabis farm were smashed during the violence, while a car appeared to have driven over grassland next to Brockmoor Community Centre before crashing into a fence on Wilson Road.
Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, Dudley Police Commander, added: “These are significant developments in this fast moving investigation. Local officers continue to provide reassurance in the area.
“Longer term we are working with partners including the council, health, education and charities to tackle violent crime and the root causes of violence.”
A 19-year-old man who was arrested on Thursday (February 20), has been charged with conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to burgle and perverting the course of justice.
Micah Evans, from Drummond Road in Lye, is due to appear before Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today (February 24).
Two men, aged 23 and 21 who were arrested in Holyhead Port in Wales, on Saturday (February 22) on conspiracy to rob have been released on police bail while inquiries continue.
Police had previously said: “We received several 999 calls just after 3.30am from people reporting a group of lads trying to force entry to a house Pensnett Road.
“A fight spilled out into the street during which the victims were fatally stabbed, while a cannabis factory was later uncovered nearby in Pensnett Road which is understood to have been targeted by robbers.”
Anyone with information is urged to message West Midlands Police via Live Chat on the website or call 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.